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1 August 2019 / Hakai Magazine / Jess Mackie

Salal’s Worrisome Die-Off

Coastal British Columbia to Oregon

This ubiquitous shrub of the Pacific Northwest is dying. Some scientists theorize that a disease or fungus could be the culprit, while others point to this past winter’s unusually dry weather.

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Salal (Gaultheria shallon) turning brown and dying.
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